Camp Carnival!!!

Poster for Camp Carnival - white backgroundHost of Sparrows Aerial Circus is pleased to announce the first Circus summer camp in Virginia, right here in Richmond at the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (formerly Center Stage!)
A great big circus thank-you to Weinstein Properties and RVAEventSpace for their generous donations to support the kids here at Camp Carnival!!!
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Camp Carnival has launched!


Puppets Off Broad Street is excited to announce a collaboration with both Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus! and RPAA, Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (formerly CenterStage) for a brand new summer camp with a focus on puppetry and circus arts.

Ages 9-16 have the opportunity to be part of this first-of-its-kind camp in the region. The camp runs weekdays, August 14-25 from 9:00 am-3:30pm. Instructors include Christopher Hudert, a puppeteer and former Ringling Brothers’ Boss Clown; Heather Bailey, aerial fabric/silks; Heidi Rugg, puppetry; Jesse Joyner, juggling; as well as hoopers, a contortionist, and more!

Children and teens will have the opportunity to explore both puppetry and circus during this two week program. A culminating showcase will share what everyone has learned and experienced in this camp that focuses on trying new things and the process of developing new skills. For registration, visit or call Melissa Rayford at 804-592-3381.

Camp Description: No need to run away and join the circus when you can be part of Camp Carnival, a two-week Puppetry and Circus Arts Camp for ages 9-15. This camp is a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of circus and puppetry together under the guidance of professionals who have decades of experience. Try your hand at aerial arts, clowning, juggling, stilt walking, hooping! Unleash your imagination with puppets and learn how to make them! This camp will allow you to get a taste of both worlds initially, with the option to focus on one or the other—or both! Life is a Carnival at this unique, first-of-its-kind-camp in Richmond.

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Camp Carnival runs weekdays from August 14-25. Classes will be held from 9am-3:30pm in the Genworth Brightlights Education Center located on the third floor of Dominion Arts Center: 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Registration: $450.

Puppets Off Broad Street is a 501(c)3 with a mission to inspire imaginations and build community through the art of puppetry.

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to provide trans-formative education experiences for students of all ages.